Release Date: 7 April 2015
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Progressive Folk Metal
Studio Albums: Olden Tales & Deathly Trails (2012)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 2 Jun 15
Length: 73 Minutes
Previous Albums: Walls of Jericho (1985); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988); Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991); Chameleon (1993); Master of the Rings (1994); The Time of the Oath (1996); Better Than Raw (1998); The Dark Ride (2000); Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003); Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy (2005); Gambling With The Devil (2007); 7 Sinners (2010); Straight out of Hell (2013)
Genre: Power Metal
Location: Germany Read the rest of this entry →
Label: Century Media
Release Date: 2 Jun 15
Length: 51 Minutes
Previous Albums: This is their 14th album. See article for the rest of the albums.
There are very few bands out there that you can say started out one way, evolved into something completely different, and then came back to their roots. At least not the way England’s Paradise Lost has done it. They have come damn near full circle with their latest release, The Plague Within, which we’ll talk more as I build up to it. In the late 90s, they formed Paradise Lost…what is now considered one of the pioneers of gothic metal. Their first four albums, Lost Paradise (1990), Gothic (1991), Shades of God (1992), and Icon (1993), were heavily gothic/doom albums – not the kind of songs you would have heard on the radio…at least not in America. Most of Nick Holmes’ vocals were gritty and growling and the music was dark and brooding. Icon started the slow and eventual evolution that Paradise Lost embodied for nearly two decades. Here is a clip from their debut album, Lost Paradise.
Release Date: 19 May 2015
Length: 42 Minutes
Genre: Nu Metal
Previous Studio Albums: Coal Chamber (1997); Chamber Music (1999); Dark Days (2002)
Location: California, U.S.
I never thought I would see another reboot of Coal Chamber in any way, shape, or form especially after the way things fell apart over a decade ago. But, as quickly as Dez’s DevilDriver crumbled and went on hiatus, Coal Chamber resurfaced, got most of the original (or long-time) band members together, and have a new album out now. Dez surely didn’t waste much time. Those Coal Chamber reunion shows in Australia obviously sparked something. Anyway, Rivals is Coal Chamber’s 4th studio album and surprisingly picks things up where they left off. I say surprisingly because this album sounds like Coal Chamber never broke up at all. Read the rest of this entry →
The piss and vinegar of L7, the snarl of Kitty, the trippiness of Kylesa, and the brutality of a runaway train packed full of dynamite and peanut butter. Washington quartet Mercy Brown’s debut, self-titled LP is flat-out beastly. Teetering between sludgy riffs, punk rock attitude, shattering death metal, and psychedelic prog tendencies, this record really took me by surprise. The vitriol that pours from vocalist Sera Hatchett’s lungs inject so much personality into the already top-notch performance’s of her bandmates. Whether she’s crooning clean vocals or bellowing death growls, this girl is crushing someone’s skull into the ground while doing so.
Between memorable songwriting and diverse, engaging songs this is a record I wholly recommend you give your attention to and toss some couch change to. Give it a listen and let me know what you thunk. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!!!
I wish we had time to talk about every band/artist that gets sent to us. Unfortunately, time is not always on our side despite our finest efforts. But, we do our best to spread the word because no one should be deprived of metal in whatever metal subgenre it comes in. Here are a few bands we checked out that may or may not find a home in your music library someday.
Have you ever thought about what Maroon 5 would sound like with growling vocals? Neither have I. Honestly, I never knew such a thing existed. Personally, I can’t really stand Maroon 5, but hearing someone else metalize it puts a new spin on it. The Persevering Promise currently has their debut album out called An Illusion in Shambles. If you are into genre labels, they are considered post-hardcore, but it would be hard to tell from the cover song, so I included another song from their album.
It all makes sense… we’re capable of beauty.
Through sounds which make one cringe. The dogs only hear us now.
For the first time tears came to my eyes while I was listening.
Noise brings so many things… make my tingling skin freeze.
I’m positive that nearly every metal fan, especially the lovers of the more extreme spectrum of the genre, have heard this before. “But with all that noisy growling and screaming, how do you understand what they’re ‘air quotes’ singing?” To which we usually reply along the lines of something like “You get used to it.” or “It’s like learning an accent.” Yet regardless of how we break it down or try to explain it they just look at you with their head slightly cocked like a confused puppy and then you usually just give up and go about your day. Read the rest of this entry →
Picture if you will a scene where an army of Dr. Dooms wielding Swords of Doom +2 agility are battling a horde of Thulsa Dooms brandishing Bastard Axes of Doom +1 charisma atop Mt. Doom for the right to doom the doomed Earth and it’s doomed inhabitants. That is pretty much the way it is when spinning the Vænir, the new record from Swedish doomsters Monolord.
Sounding like a mix of Yob, Pallbearer, and good ol’ Candlemass this record is relentless in its approach to doom. The sludgy tones mixed with mammoth riffs will probably make this one of the most crushing doom records I will hear this year. I particularly like the reverb-y vocals which add in heavy psychedelic elements.
If you like your doom metal filthy and thicker than frozen peanut butter do yourself a favor and grab this beast. You won’t be disappointed, Scouts Honor. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Release Date: 20 Jan 2015
Previous Albums: This is their fourth album
Length: 42 Minutes
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Scarlet Records
FFO: Ill Nino, Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Stone Sour, Gemini Syndrome, Disturbed
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Posted by ChristopherMammal
Genre: All-in-one metal, hardcore & rock
Release date: 21 December 2014
Previous releases: This EP is their debut
Length: 19 minutes
Recommended to: Fans of rawkin’, rollicking, highly infectious female-fronted rock and metal across the moshing spectrum
Mammal’s rating: 4.5 out of 5
My Wooden Pillow, a new band from the UK, invited Metal State to give their debut EP a spin. I’m so glad they did. What came out of the box – or, more accurately, the Dropbox – is a lustrous pearl.